'Hospital bosses need to hear patients' views'

Julia Wassell with some of the responses to the petition calling for A&E services to be returned to Wycombe Hospital

Julia Wassell with some of the responses to the petition calling for A&E services to be returned to Wycombe Hospital

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CAMPAIGNING councillor Julia Wassell said health chiefs need to hear from patients before an inquiry into urgent care in the county can be concluded.

A draft report from the county's Urgent Care Inquiry Group was submitted to the Health and Adult Social Care Select Committee this week, and it will now be considered by Buckinghamshire County Council's cabinet after a majority of members approved it.

But Cllr Wassell and three other committee members representing wards in the Wycombe District voted against approving the report.

She said the report, set up in response to the Keogh Review into services, wasn't detailed enough and needed an input from patients using hospitals in the county - particularly those in the Wycombe area, after Accident and Emergency services were axed from Wycombe Hospital in 2011.

Cllr Wassell said a meeting of residents should be held to collate their views - and she said she would organise it herself if Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust didn't.

The Ryemead and Micklefield councillor, whose petition calling for A&E services to be restored to Wycombe was signed by 16,500 people, said: "We want to have a second part of the inquiry in Wycombe. That's very important.

"We've only heard from the Trust managers and clinicians - those who provide the services - but not those who use the services. We haven't heard from any patients, so we argued the inquiry was incomplete. We intend to continue the inquiry in Wycombe.

"I'm disappointed by the recommendations of the inquiry. It hasn't gone far enough. It's just accepting the status quo.

"It says services need to be publicised better but it doesn't say what's wrong with the services."

She added: "After the Keogh report the Trust have made big improvements, it would be churlish to say that they hadn't."

Select Committee chairman Lin Hazell said: "Buckinghamshire has seen a great deal of change in the design and delivery of its urgent care services, and this has naturally been difficult for people to accept without some fear.

"Added to this were the shortcomings revealed in the Keogh Report, which shook people's faith in their local hospitals.

"Despite this, our inquiry has found that the county's urgent care services are designed in the interest of better outcomes for all residents and tailored to the needs of the Buckinghamshire population."

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5:26pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Scarletto says...

Glad to see this awful problem for our district is still being looked at and congrats to this councillor and others for not letting it go.
We want a better A&E service for a start. Today's national headlines also show that the humber of hospital beds available has reduced too.
Glad to see this awful problem for our district is still being looked at and congrats to this councillor and others for not letting it go. We want a better A&E service for a start. Today's national headlines also show that the humber of hospital beds available has reduced too. Scarletto
  • Score: 14

5:53pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Darren Hayday says...

Scarletto wrote:
Glad to see this awful problem for our district is still being looked at and congrats to this councillor and others for not letting it go.
We want a better A&E service for a start. Today's national headlines also show that the humber of hospital beds available has reduced too.
How vain are you Julia? - concratulating your own self now??? Good God woman..... what lenghs that you go to... SCARLETO = JULIA WASSEL = FACT.
[quote][p][bold]Scarletto[/bold] wrote: Glad to see this awful problem for our district is still being looked at and congrats to this councillor and others for not letting it go. We want a better A&E service for a start. Today's national headlines also show that the humber of hospital beds available has reduced too.[/p][/quote]How vain are you Julia? - concratulating your own self now??? Good God woman..... what lenghs that you go to... SCARLETO = JULIA WASSEL = FACT. Darren Hayday
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7:23pm Wed 16 Apr 14

MunsterX says...

Do you think she wrote all those letters in the picture too?
Do you think she wrote all those letters in the picture too? MunsterX
  • Score: 3

6:10am Thu 17 Apr 14

1wycombe says...

everyone in wycombe just stop paying your council TAX cos we aint getting the service what we paid for?.
everyone in wycombe just stop paying your council TAX cos we aint getting the service what we paid for?. 1wycombe
  • Score: 6

9:18am Thu 17 Apr 14

CatherineAB says...

There have been meetings about these matters, and many of us (the PUBLIC) have voiced our thoughts on them. But, surprise, surprise, our thoughts are not really wanted at all. The authorities make up their own minds - this is just an attempt to make us think we count. "They" are not the only ones blessed with brains and intelligence, and we are treated with (concealed) contempt, in case we upset their ill-conceived plans. Pull the other one!!
There have been meetings about these matters, and many of us (the PUBLIC) have voiced our thoughts on them. But, surprise, surprise, our thoughts are not really wanted at all. The authorities make up their own minds - this is just an attempt to make us think we count. "They" are not the only ones blessed with brains and intelligence, and we are treated with (concealed) contempt, in case we upset their ill-conceived plans. Pull the other one!! CatherineAB
  • Score: 8

9:13am Sun 20 Apr 14

rjpastaw says...

I was just what planet this Liz Hazell lives on?
Clearly she known nothing about the actual state of services in Bucks....
I was just what planet this Liz Hazell lives on? Clearly she known nothing about the actual state of services in Bucks.... rjpastaw
  • Score: 2

12:21am Mon 21 Apr 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

rjpastaw wrote:
I was just what planet this Liz Hazell lives on?
Clearly she known nothing about the actual state of services in Bucks....
*I was just wondering what planet ...*
[quote][p][bold]rjpastaw[/bold] wrote: I was just what planet this Liz Hazell lives on? Clearly she known nothing about the actual state of services in Bucks....[/p][/quote]*I was just [italic] wondering[/italic] what planet ...* Undercover Euro Yob
  • Score: 1

12:56am Mon 21 Apr 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

CatherineAB wrote:
There have been meetings about these matters, and many of us (the PUBLIC) have voiced our thoughts on them. But, surprise, surprise, our thoughts are not really wanted at all. The authorities make up their own minds - this is just an attempt to make us think we count. "They" are not the only ones blessed with brains and intelligence, and we are treated with (concealed) contempt, in case we upset their ill-conceived plans. Pull the other one!!
Catherine I think you said somewhere that you were American - what you are witnessing is the process - familiar to the inhabitants of this country, and this county in particular, but less well-known elsewhere - called going through the motions - where people in positions of influence or authority give an appearance of diligently ‘consulting’ people who are affected by their notions, with respect for, and good will towards, the people they are ‘consulting’, when in fact they (the people in positions of authority) have no intention of doing anything they haven’t already decided to do much earlier - sometimes months and weeks earlier - as they secretly despise the people they are ‘consulting’ with.

(If you have read the history of peace negotiations and peace treaties between the Native American Indians and the Federal Government in your own country you will already be familiar with this process.)
[quote][p][bold]CatherineAB[/bold] wrote: There have been meetings about these matters, and many of us (the PUBLIC) have voiced our thoughts on them. But, surprise, surprise, our thoughts are not really wanted at all. The authorities make up their own minds - this is just an attempt to make us think we count. "They" are not the only ones blessed with brains and intelligence, and we are treated with (concealed) contempt, in case we upset their ill-conceived plans. Pull the other one!![/p][/quote]Catherine I think you said somewhere that you were American - what you are witnessing is the process - familiar to the inhabitants of this country, and this county in particular, but less well-known elsewhere - called [italic] going through the motions[/italic] - where people in positions of influence or authority give an appearance of diligently ‘consulting’ people who are affected by their notions, with respect for, and good will towards, the people they are ‘consulting’, when in fact they (the people in positions of authority) have no intention of doing anything they haven’t already decided to do much earlier - sometimes months and weeks earlier - as they secretly despise the people they are ‘consulting’ with. (If you have read the history of peace negotiations and peace treaties between the Native American Indians and the Federal Government in your own country you will already be familiar with this process.) Undercover Euro Yob
  • Score: 1

12:59am Mon 21 Apr 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

(All of this could be said in spades about anything to do with education in this county but most particularly the hilarious new sitcom: ‘Steps… being taken to close the gap between the success of pupils from wealthier backgrounds and those from less affluent families.’

See: http://www.bucksfree
press.co.uk/news/111
08724.Proposals_to_c
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(All of this could be said in spades about anything to do with education in this county but most particularly the hilarious new sitcom: ‘Steps… being taken to close the gap between the success of pupils from wealthier backgrounds and those from less affluent families.’ See: http://www.bucksfree press.co.uk/news/111 08724.Proposals_to_c lose_educational_gap _between_rich_and_po or/ ) Undercover Euro Yob
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